How can the divine Oneness be seen? In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe-inspiring miracles? The Tao is not obliged to present itself in this way. If you are willing to be lived by it, you will see it everywhere, even in the most ordinary things—Lao Tzu
Belief, and its polar opposite, disbelief, are both dangerous. Why? They’re stagnant because they close the mind to every thought that differs with the accepted belief system. Once a believer or disbeliever has decided their ‘thought system’ is true, everything else is automatically judged as untrue. (Disbelievers often try to masquerade as skeptics, but skeptics are not convinced one way or the other and retain an open mind.)
Belief systems are certainly not limited to religion, and the results can be disastrous when applied to any area of our life. Scientists often become just as adamant as religionists when they turn their theories into literalist doctrines and worship their supposed infallibility. Although quantum physics demonstrates that consciousness is the foundation of the universe and permeates everything in existence, many scientists still cling tenaciously to the belief that consciousness evolved from matter. It may give us a feeling of comfort to accept a belief system that’s been around for many years and has been accepted by many people, but sheer numbers can’t make a belief true. And we pay an extremely high price for a little illusory comfort: knowing truth firsthand.
Lao Tzu understood Tao (Source) because he had let go of belief and disbelief. Instead, he experienced Tao firsthand (gnosis). He realized that what we see, or don’t see, is based on our choice. Simply put, the Divine has given us free will. If we choose to see only what can be perceived and measured by the senses that is all we’ll see. If we willingly allow Source to open our inner vision to what IS, we’ll see Divine Oneness (Tao) in all things.